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Natural Disasters Affect the Bottom Line - The Impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Posted on November 06, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

By now, many in the logistics and transportation industry, as well as the clients they are serving, are starting to notice an uptick in the cost of their transportation needs. Much of this has to do with the impacts of the recent hurricane season compounded with the normally busier time of year. Disaster relief is itself an impromptu industry and due to immediacy, creates a glut in the market and thus, transportation activity.Many companies are seeing opportunity at every turn, from clean up and landscaping companies all the way to the top of retail mega-corporations like Amazon. So what... Read More

Key to Supply Chain Sustainability

Posted on November 01, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

There is no doubt that logistics plays an integral role in the supply chain process and its success but often, the overall effectiveness of the logistics process directly impacts reliability, profitability, and the sustainable future of your business.Typically, companies invest in a strong supply chain infrastructure which includes strategic sourcing, commodity management, right-sizing of inventories, rationalizing the supplier base, and the negotiation of material costs. These things are standard industry best practices and mitigate risk to the company while targeting corporate goals but the logistics piece is often an un-negotiated afterthought where crucial savings can be lost.1. Establishing Performance... Read More

The Logistics Advantage for Startups

Posted on October 27, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

All startups begin as an idea, whether or not that idea turns into a viable business depends on many factors such as the production of a prototype, securing funding, marketing, and manufacturing. One aspect that often gets lost in the shuffle is the management of the supply chain, and more specifically the areas of logistics and transportation. Not having a solid plan for implementing and managing a logistics process can lead to considerable cost hikes or failure to deliver to end customers, two areas that can quickly sink a promising startup.Why Is Logistics Important To a Startup?When it... Read More

New Transportation Modes are Right Under Our Noses

Posted on October 23, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

The logistics world advances in tandem with the technology world, such as using drones to deliver small packages and steer vessels. But is there a way we can use transportation modes already set in place to move cargo?  Freight has been moved in the belly of passenger planes for decades, but there are other passenger modes that we are not using. CJ Logistics and the city of Seoul, South Korea, are developing a strategy to take advantage of current subway routes. This will increase efficiency, create new job prospects, and is a positive impact on the environment. Freight will... Read More

How the IoT is Changing Logistics

Posted on October 04, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

The IoT, or the Internet of Things, is a relatively new period of the internet. No longer are PCs, smartphones, laptops, and tablets the only devices being connected to a network. From the smartPORT of Hamburg Germany to DHL’s SmartSensor technology, originally unconnected physical objects are communicating with the internet. These objects are not only communicating but using the information they gather to help logistics companies make decisions and improve the process.Some say the IoT originated with MIT's Kevin Ashton. In a 1999 presentation titled “Internet of Things,” Ashton pitched his idea of RFID tagging... Read More

EDI for Logistics

Posted on September 29, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic transmission of data between your company and the businesses/trading partners with whom you are working. An agreed-upon data structure is used to transfer data from one computer to another without human involvement. Use of EDI will reduce the manual labor of data entry, thus increasing productivity and reducing data-entry errors.EDI technology and usage is not new, in fact, one of the first uses was implemented at Heathrow Airport in London in 1971 to assist in the customs clearance process. There are hundreds of pre-defined EDI specifications for a multitude of different industries.... Read More

Port Houston Chassis Availability – Recovering After Harvey

Posted on September 26, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Port houston logo The availability of intermodal chassis supply remains tight at Port Houston following Hurricane Harvey impact.Remarkably most of the intermodal chassis at Port Houston escaped damage, however, because of flooding and a six day port shutdown many of the chassis are out of position to be used and demand for the equipment has been escalating.The port has been processing container ships at an expedited rate since it reopened. It normally handles 14 ships per week. Since reopening that number increased to 40 container ships per week.Shippers, truckers, and carriers gave high praise to the port authority for reopening as quickly... Read More

Logistics Control Tower

Posted on September 26, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Since 1992, Allyn International has provided best in class logistics control tower services to a number of global clients. Below you will find a summary of how the Allyn control tower functions when it should be used, and what one can expect from it.Logistics Control TowerAs global supply chains become increasingly complex it is vital that processes be put in place. This is to help control costs, maintain compliance and ensure that operational standards are met. The logistics (or supply chain) control tower is one way to effectively manage the movement of goods throughout a supply chain. Starting in... Read More

Hurricane Irma Update

Posted on September 08, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTax PublicationsTrade Publications

Hurricane Irma is currently a category 4 hurricane that is expected to impact Florida over the weekend.This large powerful storm will cause supply chain disruptions over the next few days, and longer depending on the amount of damage sustained by the area.As of now cargo airline operations out of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale will be closed through Monday.The U.S. Coast Guard currently expects the closures of Port Miami and Port Everglades Saturday.Please check in at www.allynintl.com for the latest on Hurricane Irma. Furthermore, if you have questions about freight that is moving to or... Read More

The Uncertainty of Abbreviated Country Codes

Posted on September 04, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

In International Trade, abbreviated country codes are often used and are sometimes mandatory. They exist in a 2 letter code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-2) and a 3 letter code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-3, used by the United Nations). It is important to use the right codes, as errors can have unintended consequences. We have seen Germany erroneously shown as GE instead of DE, GE is the country code for The Republic of Georgia. The conversion from 3 to 2 letter codes can also be tricky. Sometimes, you can simply use the first 2 letters of a 3 letter code, as in FR instead of FRA for France. Other... Read More

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